Ermal L. Rasmusson
Ermal L. Rasmusson, 83, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in Salina. He was born January 17, 1931, in rural Lindsborg, the son of Martin and Alma (Nelson) Rasmusson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ermal was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for 56 years. During that time, he served on the Church Council, was a board member on the Immanuel Foundation, and was both a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent.
Ermal graduated from Bethany College in 1952 and earned his Masters Degree from Emporia State University in 1957. He was a math teacher for 39 years, and coached football for many of those years. His career started out in Marquette, Kansas for six years. He then moved to Salina, teaching one year at Roosevelt-Lincoln, eleven years at Salina Central, and twenty-one years at Salina South, where he retired in 1991.
After retirement, Erm was able to spend more time in the outdoors that he loved, hunting and fishing. He also began wood carving as a hobby, making numerous figures, which became prize possessions for family and friends.
Erm and LoVaune (Anderson) were married June 6, 1953, and were able to celebrate their 60th anniversary this past June.
Survivors include -
Wife: LoVaune, of the home
Daughters: Pam (Pat) Duffy of Newton
Karen (Mike) Jilka of Hillsboro
Son: Curt Rasmusson of Topeka
Four brothers: Eugene of Maryland,
Erwin of Tennessee
Rollie of Lindsborg
Jerry of Salina
Two sisters: Mim Johnson and Elly Briggs of Lindsborg
Five grandchildren: Sarah Hershberger
Ryan, Adam, and Kyle Jilka
Four great-grandchildren: Collin, Natalie and Grady Hershberger
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th, Salina, with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday evening.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in the Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 255 S. Seventh, Salina, with Revs. Kent Happel and Loren Mai officiating.
The family suggests memorials to the Immanuel Church Foundation.